The discovery of the missing plastic raises a host of questions. Oceanographer Kara Lavender Law of the Cape Cod-based Sea Education Association, part of a team currently researching issues surrounding marine debris, told National Geographic:
?We are at the very early stages of understanding the accounting. If we think ten or a hundred times more plastic is entering the ocean than we can account for, then where is it? We still haven?t answered that question. And if we don?t know where it is or how it is impacting organisms, we can?t tell the person on the street how big the problem is.?
Among the possibilities: it?s being consumed by small fish that are eaten by larger fish
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